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June 7, 2017

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Move Over, Tesla, This Is Real

Thunder Power, a Hong Kong-based electric-vehicle startup, proclaims an ambitious goal: to make the most desirable EV in China. “An obvious difference between us and (U.S. EV maker) Tesla is we have the key technologies before actually investing in manufacturing,” Wellen Sham, Thunder Power CEO, tells WardsAuto at a launch event in Shanghai. Thunder Power has filed more than 350 patent applications in the U.S. and China, and 70 have been granted, Sham says. Among them is a lightweight modular chassis system, that allows flexibility in the design of future car models, making development and assembly faster and more cost-efficient. “We are the world’s first company that got this modular-chassis patent,” Sham says. Along with the chassis system, the company has developed innovative, patented battery- and thermal-management systems. Thunder Power claims its battery-management system allows a range of 397 miles (650 km) compared with the 335 miles (539 km) offered…

The First Space-Based ‘Nation’ Wants to Store Data Off-Planet, Beyond the Law

Self-proclaimed ‘space nation’ Asgardia will launch a satellite later this year to test the concept of long-term data storage in orbit around the Earth. This potentially opens the door to off-planet data and tax havens, according to filings obtained by Motherboard, and represents an important step towards the group’s proclaimed goal of starting a private nation in space. In October 2016, an international team of scientists and researchers led by Russian businessman and computer scientist Igor Ashurbeyli announced the founding of Asgardia. The wannabe private nation hopes to eventually fly inhabited space stations, to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial threats like asteroids, and to create a demilitarized and freely accessible base of scientific knowledge permanently in orbit. So far, over 180,000 Earthlings have pledged allegiance to this hypothetical orbital country by filling out a citizenship form online. Anyone on Earth can apply, without sacrificing their existing nationality. Asgardia is currently…

How Apple’s Anti-Tracking Policy Will Make Google And Facebook Even Stronger

The Internet is built on targeted advertising. It’s a known fact we rarely bring up, but it’s been like this for many years. These websites that provide free information and other content – they all have tons of tracking systems, or cookies. These systems monitor your activity online to come up with a unique ad that will follow you wherever you go. Companies make money from targeted advertising. It’s a gigantic business that generates billions of dollars every year. Some websites are open about it, some aren’t. The truth is, it pays for almost everything people see on the Internet. The problem with Apple’s new policy At WWDC, Apple announced something that could damage the traditionally accepted system. The next version of Safari – Apple’s web browser – will come with a new anti-tracking tool. It will analyze and ultimately block any third-party ad trackers online. Apple reps call this…

Fighting Stress? Here’s a Little Help From Amazon

Modern living can be busy, demanding and always switched on. While we are not able to control the external stress-inducing factors from our surroundings, we can better manage how we react to them. Sometimes it is as simple as clearing your head and taking full, slow breaths while collecting yourself. Other times, you need to detach yourself from the issue by doing something easy, low-maintenance and repetitive like fidgeting or being creative. The fidget spinner has taken over the schoolyard but what about us adults who have more stress than homework to worry about. Here are some adult gadgets to help you get through to the office induced stress. The Fidget Cube has the same principle as the spinner but is more a more subtle version. The cube has six sides, allowing you to glide, flip, roll and click for when you need to sharpen your focus. No batteries are…